Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Jing by Tim Gerber and Greg Wegner

Combining Science and Social Studies Methods classes lends power to teaching combined content topics in teacher education courses.  Our science/social studies methods teacher education candidates used topics from the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) 2012 annual meeting theme:  “Flattening the World:  Building a Global Knowledge Society” ( to build interdisciplinary lesson plans.  Each lesson plan had a “technology in the classroom” component which required our teacher candidates to incorporate Jing into their plans. Jing is a screen and voice capturing software available on all lab computers and available free for download at this site:

Tim Gerber
To prepare students for working with Jing, we scheduled the first Jing session in a computer lab with a technology trainer from Academic Technology Services, in IT at UW-L.  This session was conducted to allow our teacher candidates to “play around” with the software.  The second Jing session was for our teacher candidates to work together on their connected lesson plans.  At the end of the semester, each student group presented their Science/Social Studies Integrated Curriculum lesson plans to the entire class including their Jing-based materials.  Among the environmentally-related lesson plan AAAS topics developed by the students were biodiversity, population, global health, agriculture, renewable energy, development, climate change, and economics.
Greg Wegner

Combining Science and Social Studies Methods classes was a valuable experience for our teacher candidates from both the integrated curriculum development and technology in the classroom perspective.

Submitted by Tim Gerber, Biology and Greg Wegner, History